Empower Artists

This site is a resource to help navigate the initiatives and resources from companies across the music industry to empower Black and POC artists and industry professionals. If you have an initiative you’d like to include you can submit it below. This site will be updated with additions as resources are presented, or removed as initiatives come to an end.


Artist Empowerment Program

The Artist Empowerment Program looks to help Black artists execute their artistic vision by providing them the resources to help them take the next step. Each quarter our program will select one recipient and provide them with a $5,000 grant to help fund their music career. Additionally, we’ll offer to meet with the artist regularly and utilize our knowledge, network, and skill to advise the artist through the quarter.

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Industry Diversity Program

HIFI will offer its Cash Flow service fee-free to 10 BIPOC artists, managers, and producers along with a $500 grant. These 10 industry professionals will also have access to monthly “office hours” to ensure financial efficiency across their careers. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applications for the 2021 cycle are now closed, please submit an application to be the first to be informed about the 2022 program.

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1:1 Meetings

Bonsai is a business and career advice platform powered by 1:1 video meetings. The platform empowers up-and-comers to connect, 1:1 with top execs and pros in the music business. Bonsai is designating a special cohort of coaches to offer free Bonsai meetings. Request your free 1:1s and start leveling up!

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EVEN Network

Events Vocational Education Network, dedicated to the creation of a more diverse and inclusive live events industry through outreach, training, mentorship, networking, and paid internship placement.

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Get Captured at U Window

Urbano Street, Inc. is a nonprofit audiovisual station based in NYC. The organization documents DIY, alternative, and underrepresented artists by bringing the studio to the streets. Urbano St. is looking for solo/duo artists that identify as Black, POC, or LGTBQIA+ to join the U Window series. Acts will get a FREE professional audio-recording of their music that they can use to pitch their music.

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BMAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

BMAC is an advocacy organization formed in alliance with #TheShowMustBePause that addresses racism within the music industry and society at large. The Coalition advocates on behalf of Black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers, and other passionate industry professionals. BMAC is providing an emergency relief fund for Black artists.

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SMC Working Groups

The Sound Mind Collective connects independent musicians, artists, DJs, sound engineers, and music culture workers with our local communities to foster health and encourage meaningful, positive growth through education, policy change, social justice advocacy, mental health, and creativity. SMC provides resources for independent artists to combat exploitation and develop socially conscious and self-sustaining creative careers and communities. You can join their multiple groups such as the Womxn Musicians Forum, the SMC Mental Health Working Group, and more.

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Music Biz Mental Health Fund

In partnership with Music Health Alliance and the Scars Foundation, the Music Business Association established The Music Business Mental Health Fund to help provide access to mental health services including counseling, therapy, and screenings for Music Biz Association members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Black Artist Database

Black Artist Database is a community-based platform, hosting a wealth of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers, and bands. The crowd-sourced database provides an easy way to search, filter, and directly support the creative output of Black artists globally.

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Get Mental Health Help

Backline is a non-profit that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources. Their free programs help all those who have a hand in making music happen by providing one-to-one case management, support groups, and educational resources and wellness.

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Roadies Of Color United

An international social network is comprised of a diverse group of professionals in the entertainment services, concert touring, and live entertainment industries.

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Color Me Country Artist Grant

Music journalist Kelly McCartney’s Rainey Day Fund has partnered with singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer the create the Color Me Country Artist Fund, which supports BIPOC, LGBTQ+, minority, and disabled artists in the roots and Americana space.

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Diversify The Stage

Diversify The Stage and Music Forward Foundation are partnering to create a next-generation educational framework, to help foster more diverse representation and inclusive hiring practices for Black, Indigenous, and BIPOC; LGBTQ; Female-Identifying, and Gender Nonconforming individuals across all concerts, events, and touring industries.

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Black Tour Directory

Live Nation Urban’s Black Tour Directory is a public resource guide to provide opportunities to connect employers with emerging production talent.

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The Black Music Executives Pipeline Program

The Black Music Executives Pipeline Program is a three-month program will equip twelve participants with the tools and skills necessary to succeed as executives in the music industry. In a partnership with Color of Change #ChangeMusic, the program wants to increase the number of Black executives across various facets of the music industry. All participants will also receive a stipend.

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Music Industry Diversity and Inclusion Talent Directory

An online destination where managers can connect and hire executives of color and women to diversify their workplace. Prospective employees can register and submit their work history profile.

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Coalition of Festivals

The Coalition of Festivals is joining forces to rebuild a stronger festival industry by centering community over competition. They are inviting all producers, promoters, and partners including artists, sponsors, communities, and fans to join.

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Never Famous

An employment portal for production/touring personnel that is breaking the cycle of peer-to-peer referrals and word of mouth as the primary way to hire and get hired.

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Music by Black Composers

A directory of black composers, intending to make their music readily accessible. Designed for use by those seeking to offer commission, performers, directors, scholars, and listeners.

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Reel Change Film Fund

Powered by SESAC and composer Christophe Beck, administered by New Music USA. Reel Change is a five-year grant and mentorship program for composers of diverse backgrounds who have been marginalized in film composition. Applications are open now.

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Amplifying Voices

Amplifying Voices fosters collaboration and collective action between US orchestras and composers toward racial and gender equity in classical music.

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Screen Scoring Diversity Scholarship

A scholarship for black composers to fund tuition and fees for USC’s screen scoring masters program. Eligible applicants to the program are considered automatically.

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AGMA Relief Fund

The American Guild of Musical Artists is offering grants to members who are not earning enough to cover expenses, or who are dealing with extenuating medical circumstances.

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COVID-19 Fund

The Jazz Foundation of America has created the COVID-19 Musicians Fund to support artists in need and their families support themselves during the epidemic.

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The Haven Foundation Assistance

The Haven Foundation provides funds for freelance professionals in the US arts and entertainment fields who have suffered career-threatening emergencies.

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HART Fund

The Handy Artist’s Relief Trust supports Blues artists in need because of health difficulties, providing medical and dental care and offering free health screenings for full-time blues musicians.

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Artist Relief Project

Those actively working in the arts can apply for the Artist Relief Project, which is currently providing emergency support to those impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts

The Bagby Foundation provides small grants to opera and classical musicians, especially those on pensions.

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